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Not unLEDded – new generation lighting/display at PLASA09

PIXLED, i-Pix, Robe and many others highlighted new lighting-related developments at this year's PLASA exhibition, writes David Davies. New items on display included i-Pix's BB1 Building Block system, which is said to provide lighting and visual designers with "the opportunity to configure lightsources exactly as they wish".

Building upon the BB4 and BB7, the new BB1 system uses a custom high-power light engine to provide a superior homogenised colour choice. It is designed around three basic components: a weatherproof (submersible) low-voltage fixture with self-contained RDM/DMX digital drive, a power distribution box and multiple rigging frames. i-Pix also showed a new battery and wireless DMX pack for connection to the BB4 or the new BB1 power distribution box, and a new-style BB7 with improved optical choice.

PIXLED, meanwhile, announced the launch of a complete range of flexible, lightweight, indoor-outdoor LED solutions for a variety of rental and permanent installation applications. The company showcased its standard LED panels – which range in pixel pitch from 5mm to 40mm – and is planning to launch creative LED products, creative LED solutions and application-specific mechanics in the near-future.

Koen Bossuyt, who has worldwide responsibility for sales and business development at PIXLED, told II: “The feedback on the extensive range of PIXLED lightweight LED panels was enthusiastic. Visitors were happy to see this quality combined with affordable prices.”

Robe showcased a number of new products, including the first five items in the new ROBIN (Robe Innovative Technology) range. The line uses plasma lamp technology and includes the ROBIN 300 Plasma Spot & Plasma Wash, ROBIN 300E Spot, ROBIN 300E Wash and the ROBIN 300E Beam. Robe also exhibited new additions to the AT range – the ColorSpot 1200E AT Profile and the ColorBeam 700E AT – and showed three high-powered LED products: the CitySource 96, CitySkape 48 and CitySkape Xtreme.

Meanwhile, the White Light Zone – occupied by entertainment lighting supplier White Light and brands for which it has UK distribution responsibilities – paid host to a number of new product launches. Among the items were: LSC’s new modular control system with “powerful” support for media servers, Clarity; the redesigned Horus cyclight from Robert Juliat; the LedCyc9 LED cyc lighting system from LDDE; a newly upgraded version of Look Solutions’ Viper smoke machine; the Varyscan and Varycolor moving-light profile and washlight from JB Lighting; and the StageLite LED FX from Coemar.

White Light also exhibited the Fusion672 modular LED system, which is said to have met with “great acclaim” on theatre productions, parties and corporate events during the last few months.